When a loved one passes, the process of funeral preparation is exhausting at best. It has often been compared to planning a wedding in one day; contacting family and friends, making arrangements with the funeral director, overseeing the assets and financial accommodations. It can be so overwhelming that the grieving process takes a backseat and the actual meaning behind the funeral ceremony goes overlooked for what it is – a celebration of a life –

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Obituary Format

Each newspaper may have its own standard format for publishing death notices. To find out what your local newspaper’s preferences are, look at other obituaries, as well as online obituaries, and take note of similarities. Follow the same format to be sure that the newspaper staff won’t have to do major edits on your writing before the obituary can be published.
Obituary Templates

While every newspaper may be slightly different,

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Free Obituary Template – Sample Obituary Format

The following headings are meant as a general guide. Make sure that you have considered everything that is usually covered, then select what you would like to include, and also decide what order you would like to use.

NAME / ANNOUNCEMENT
Full name of the deceased, including nickname, if any
Age at death
Residence (for example, the name of the city) at death
Day and date of death (remember to include the year)
Place of death
Cause of death

LIFE
Date of birth
Place of birth
Names of parents
Childhood: siblings,

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